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  •  Sometimes I see that as a sort of variation (5+ / 0-)

    on American exceptionalism. In people I know personally it seems to spring from having grown up with the belief that the United States is a uniquely wonderful country. When they grow up and find out that it's as imperfect as every other country, they somehow feel betrayed. Then the United States and Americans suddenly turn into the most mythically nightmarish country in the world.

    I actually grew up in a fairly leftward leaning environment and was raised being told how awful the United States was. It surprised me when I grew up and found racism and, more commonly, anti-Semitism among supposedly more enlightened people.

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